Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.

20 Mar 2023 Sector & Advocacy

World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People 2023

A When the World Turns production photo. An adult shows a message written on wrinkled brown paper to a child, who is smiling. They are surrounded by green plants. Photographer: Theresa Harrison

World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People has been celebrated by ASSITEJ International on 20 March since 2001, and promoted through the message ‘take a child to the theatre today’. At Polyglot, children are central to our art as collaborators and participants. Our work exists to give children the power to be in control, to have an effect and to experience freedom. Today is an important opportunity to reflect on how we reach and engage children, particularly those who face barriers to accessing the arts.

Polyglot’s Artistic Director and co-CEO Cat Sewell wrote a short message:

The world is starting to feel more open again, with more and more children and families venturing out to experience the arts in person. The very special nature of theatre, it’s aliveness and in-person-ness, is a place of connection and exploration that is much needed as a way to process, share and celebrate our diverse perspectives and stories.

As we mark World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People in 2023, I want to highlight the power of play and creativity that is embedded in children, and that deserves expression and inclusion. I love it when theatre allows for agency and participation from children and young people; where they are co-creators of extraordinary imaginary, tactile and sensory worlds. I love it when theatre steps out of the theatre, goes to unexpected places, finds children and families who may never have experienced it before. Theatre is an invitation – to reflect, laugh and feel – and I hope many children and young people feel generously accepted to join this party.” 

Sue Giles AM is President of ASSITEJ International and former Polyglot Artistic Director. You can read her message here.